Masi Bikes released the SoulVille at Interbike 2007 and it has been continually sold out. As a response to this they will have a June release of the new singlespeed version.
The MSRP of the SoulVille SS will be somewhere around $650 (still flexible) and will be available in 16, 18, 20 and 22″ sizes. The rear hub will be a flipflop fixed and freewheel hub. Lock-on grips with cork tape wrap.
The frame will be the same as the geared SoulVille but with no fenders for a more “street rod” look. There’s currently no stepthrough (Mixte) version planned.
As Tim Jackson, Masi’s brand manager, says… “[It has] more cool factor per dollar than a Ferrari”.
That’s hard to argue with.
Before you say it, yes this is expensive compared to other similar bikes. The Gary Fisher Simple City 3-geared will be retailing for $550. However the Masi geared SoulVille isn’t the cheapest bike on the market and they still can’t keep them in stock.
There’s something to be said for having a unique design and brand between your legs.